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Alvernia Magazine Summer 2011 Issue

Date: 6/30/2011

The Summer 2011 issue of Alvernia Magazine is hot off the presses. Read about the dedication of Founders Village, find out about a new partnership between Alvernia and the Reading Hospital's School of Health Sciences, or read about an alumnus who is working his dream job with ESPN.

Features include:

Fields of Dreams
Two students find their way through new lives in the U.S.A.

Death by Plastic

It's convienient, but what is it really costing us?

A Fighting Chance

The plight of the American Kestrel is in the hands of volunteers like Professor James Klucsarits and Joshua Rusbuldt '07.

No Surrender

An Alvernia alumna helps others battle PTSD



  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.